Archangel's Kiss (Guild Hunter Series #2)

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New York Times bestselling author of Angels' Blood

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without ...

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Overview

View our feature on Nalini Singh’s Archangel's Kiss.

New York Times bestselling author of Angels' Blood

Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...

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  • ISBN-13: 9780425233368
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/2/2010
  • Series: Guild Hunter Series , #2
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 149,868
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh is passionate about writing. Though she’s traveled as far afield as the deserts of China and the temples of Japan, it is the journey of the imagination that fascinates her the most. She’s beyond delighted to be able to follow her dream as a writer.

Nalini lives and works in beautiful New Zealand. For contact details and to find out more about the Psy-Changeling series, please visit her website.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2012

    Brilliant

    I've read this series four times now and unlike other books it just gets better with the rereading. The world building is just amazing, and the relationship between the main characters is different, but it makes sense in the context of the story and where these two people are comming from. The books have to be read as a series to really appreciate the story and kind of like the darkest of chocolates, it should be savored.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 12, 2012

    rekindled my passion for Ms. Singh¿s novels

    I was lucky enough to win Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh in a giveaway hosted by JoJo’s Book Corner. Now I’m a big fan of Nalini Singh but have been putting off this book for quite some time. I had a bit of trouble connecting with the characters in Blaze of Memory, which made me a little leery of this book, and typically read series which have different couples each novel. The combination was a bit offsetting. After passing the novel over one too many times, I finally settled down for a read. Well, it turns out, my misgivings were unfounded. I enjoyed this book. Oops, I guess I shouldn’t have saved that declaration until the end. Too late now. First up, Raphael. I started off disliking the prick. I wanted to plant my fist in his mouth so many times in the beginning. Things he said to Elena like “You’re no more my equal now than you were before I Made you immortal” and “You can call me ‘Master’” had me spitting mad. It’s one thing for others to treat her like she’s nothing more than a pet to Raphael, another for the bean head to support that belief. GRRR! I’m not sure when, why, or how, but somewhere along the lines his personality tempered. Instead of treating Elena like a child, he encouraged her to be strong and mask her weaknesses. Though Raphael presented a strong front to all, even in his mind, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him. The idea of never being able to show weakness less those around you attack seemed like such a horrible existence. Everyone needs peace from time to time. I hope in the next novel he gets an opportunity to experience and truly relax. Elena, on the other hand, was forever strong and determined. She refused to let others tear her down, not even Raphael with his snide comments. Despite being tormented by her past, she knew who she was: the hunter-born, brave even when deathly afraid. I loved her strength and willingness to confront her fears. For Elena, the book was also about revelations. It gave insight to her past–a past she’d repressed because it was too painful to bear. As Elena said, “Some secrets hurt too much.” <sigh> As to the story line, there were some areas I liked and some I liked not so much. The mystery I really enjoyed. So much speculation, I was never quite sure whodunit until the villain stepped up to the plate and said, Idunit! The archangel politics also had me intrigued. Ms. Singh presents the angels as inhuman creatures, it makes me wonder where they came from. Elena and Raphael had a lot of sexual chemistry. Ms. Singh really made it shine. However, it brings up a matter I didn’t understand and didn’t like. Raphael constant denied Elena sexually because apparently her body was too weak for the event. That was just odd. How can a body be too feeble for sex but strong enough for combat training? I didn’t get it. When they finally got around to doing the deed it left me with the thought “What’s the big deal?” Anyway, I just felt like it was false sexual tension and unnecessary. This is more of a nitpick thing, but I wondered why the color of Raphael’s eyes were constantly mentioned. It got to the point I mentally screamed, okay already! I know he has blue eyes. I get it! Reading this book has rekindled my passion for Ms. Singh’s novels. I’m looking forward to her newest release which came out a couple of days ago.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 3, 2012

    Great series!

    I have really enjoyed this series of books. Intersting point of view on Angels and how vampires came to be. I liked the strong characters and the action in the book. Of course, there was the necessary romance also. A good read and can't wait for the next book in the series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    Fans will relish this engaging romantic fantasy

    Elena Deveraux wakes up to see an odd alien city with angels in the sky. Archangel of New York Raphael fell in love with the human hunter and changed her into an immortal. After being in a coma for a year, she has been awake for three days. They argue over their relationship as he insists he is he master and she says they are equals. He says she must fly or die in the next two months as they have been invited to a ball by the oldest archangel Lijuan that they cannot afford to miss gong. Lijuan considers the hunter as Raphael's pet and the other living members of the Cadre of ten want to test her power too after what she did to one of them in New York and her being the first made human in millennia.

    Raphael and Elena while flying over Refuge see a body near where Raphael's land touches that of Elijah. Loyal vampire Noel was battered and left to die with a warning to Elena as a Hunter Gild weapon was buried inside the severely injured man's chest. The trail is cold. Raphael wants to kill the violator who harmed Noel but needs proof as he knows the games to test him and his soulmate have begun and the danger increases with deaths and torture.

    Although the terrific Archangel's Kiss is a direct sequel to Angels' Blood readers will have some problems during the first few chapters catching up with the back-story unless you read the previous tale recently. However, that will pass quickly as the exciting story line grips the audience while taking place entirely on the Archangel plane. The mystery is deftly handled as is the relationship between the archangel and the hunter he made while the strong support cast contains distinct different personalities. Fans will relish this engaging romantic fantasy as everything converges at Lijuan's ball.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    okay read

    i enjoyed the first book alot more than this one. it was a bit disappointing because i kept finding myself lose interest with the story line. Nothing captivating about it AT ALL. :T time to search for something new. Angels just dont cut it for me..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

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    Archangel's Kiss

    Love this book. Elena and Raphael story is fantastic. I recommend you read the first book Angel's Blood to make sense of the second book Archangel's Kiss.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    I can't get into it.

    I love this authors other series but I can't seem to get into this one. It doesn't have the same level of romance as her other books. It's so heavy on descriptions of the world and the fight to come etc it doesn't ever give the romance between the two leads enough time to grow like her other books. If you like Urban Fantasy this is a great book but if your a romance lover you will probably find it lacking. I am going back to the Wolves.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 28, 2011

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    Delving Deeper into the World of Angels and Vamps

    Redonk Nutshell: Hunter-turned-angel Elena struggles to find her footing with her new status amid the threat of her consort's covetous fellow Archangels

    Book two in the Guardian Hunter series wins the award for "less cheesiest cover." In fact, I think this cover is kind of bad*ss. I can't say that about any of the others, unfortunately.

    Archangel's Kiss picks up more or less right off where book one left us, plot-wise. Elena wakes after a year-long coma to find that she's not a) dead (yay!) and b) a vampire. Instead, she's sporting a pair of kickin hot wings. Turns out her dear Raphael managed to turn her into an angel, a rare, if not unheard of, concept. Which makes Elena one hot commodity. And a huge target to Raphael's enemies.

    The main conflict in this book is the rising distortion of power of the Archangel of China, who has been reanimating the dead. Lujian, the aforementioned villan, isn't necessarily your average evildoer. In fact, she's not always bad. She's just a bit...off, a common side effect of having lived thousands of years.

    Lujian invites Raphael & his consort to her Bejing home, a cunning dare disguised as a ball. Elena works her butt off to re-train her newly formed body. What we get is a lovely treat of some familiar faces, recurring supporting characters that demand our individual attention. There's Illium, the stunning blue winged angel with a charming sense of humor. Venom, the vicious and poisonous vampire with snake like eyes and movements. Galen, the grey winged angel that re-trains Elena with her blades. Jason, the dark and mysterious tattooed angel who serves as Raphael's spymaster. Aodhan, the quiet and diamond like angel that doesn't like to be touched. And of course, Dmitri, Raphael's right hand and confidante, a vampire several hundred years old that is constantly tormenting Elena.

    The main points of book two are 1) Elena's recuperation and 2) Lujian's confrontation by the Cadre of Ten. For some people, the focus of Elena's orientation into immortality may drag or seem boring. I saw it as time well spent among Raphael's infamous Seven. We get glimpses into their lives and their pasts, as well as delving into the horrific event that shaped Elena into who she is today. Generally, the dark and morose tone continues on from book one, but this time Elena is an immortal.

    And of course, there's Raphael. The pompous, gorgeous, and utterly terrifying Archangel that is slowly but surely evolving into something altogether different with his love for Elena. It's lovely to watch. Hilarious, even, at times.

    I enjoyed book two. In fact, it deepened my affection for the series as a whole. Jammed packed with action, humor, and some super smutty angel-time, Archangel's Kiss makes a great sophomore book to the Guild Hunter series.

    Archangel's Kiss by Nalini Singh, 323 pgs, 2/2/10

    Rating: B

    Romance: 3/5 Raunch: 3.5/5

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 5, 2010

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    bookworm

    I loved this book! It is a great continuation to Angel's Blood, which is the first book featuring Raphael and Elena. I would totally recommend it to anyone who likes paranormal romance!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    TO FAWNPAE

    Aorry about caps. Tell me where you ate going

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2013

    Fawnpaw

    Digs up her robin and jay then pad to result one.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2013

    Highly recommended

    This was a new series for me and I loved it .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Loved the story!

    This is a wonderful love story between an angel and a guild hunter.

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Love it!!!

    Elena and Raphael are a wonderful couple...and I love how Nalini Singh brings you into this world with all these charachters

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    Posted February 14, 2013

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

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    Better than I expected.

    Unique take on vampire-human relations, with the added twist of angels. Quick fun read.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    LOVE THIS SERIES

    I cant wait for another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    fantasy must

    I read this entire series and am very excited to see when the next one will be published. I feel she is able to capture a very believable characters.

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  • Posted July 8, 2012

    Highly recommended

    This is an excellent second book in a new series. If you've read the Psy-Changeling novels, the Guild Hunter series will appeal to you. Her character development is consistent with her other novels, while exploring a new world of angels and vampires. I'm now on my fourth book in this series. You'll enjoy it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2012

    4.5 stars

    I'm really enjoying this series. It keeps me turning the pages and reading into the dead of night.

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